Weight Is Not a Food Problem
Too many people think weight is a food problem. It’s not.
Weight is also not a physical problem.
The fact is that our bodies will react to what our minds are thinking.
Weight gain (or loss) has more to do with what’s going on between our ears than anything else!
For those people who don’t want to work very hard, who don’t want to change their thinking, well . . . there are lots and lots of options for them.
If you’re one of those people, the marketplace is overloaded with diet books, each proclaiming to be “the one” or “the best” or “the fastest” or “the cheapest” for permanent weight loss.
Or, you can find a doctor to either prescribe diet pills to suppress appetites or to give you injections to over-stimulate your metabolism.
Or, you can join the myriad of quick-fix diet programs who sell packaged foods, powdered drinks, herbs, vitamins, supplements, energy bars, pills, etc., delivered by package right to your door; you don’t even have to walk to the mailbox!
On the other hand, if you have come to terms with and have accepted the fact that slow and steady weight loss is THE ONLY healthy weight loss, and that the only way to accomplish this is with a lifestyle change, you’ve tackled the first and most important issue—acceptance that you will have to work to lose weight and to manage your weight loss your entire life.
The ‘must-do’ components of an effective, healthy, sustainable weight loss program are:
- Learning how to eat correctly using normal, regular, everyday foods that you shop for in the supermarket;
- Learning portion control;
- Planning and keeping a food diary, which not only intimately connects you with the weight loss process but also encourages you to make your own well being a daily priority.
We all want to be slim and to enjoy the benefits it provides:
- The best chance for good health (instead of the onslaught of all the medical problems associated with overweight and obesity);
- Buying clothes that we want to wear (instead of trying to find clothes that cover us);
- Looking younger than our years and having the energy to really enjoy life (instead of getting older before our time and being mistaken for our kids’ grandparents);
- Liking ourselves and having the confidence necessary to be a participant in life’s pleasures (instead of sitting on the sidelines as an observer);
- Living vs. existing.
. . . and perhaps one of the most important aspects of learning how to lose weight in a healthy way and keeping it off is that we can then pass along a healthier diet and eating habits to our kids. After all, an adult can choose to be overweight or obese. A child cannot. They learn from the environments in which they are raised, the environments their parents create.
If you want your body to change, you must first change your mind.